Wilshere is becoming a complete player, hails Szczesny

The midfielder has been criticised in the past for not living up to his potential but his Arsenal team-mate feels only an increased goal tally stops him from being more recognised


Wojciech Szczesny paid tribute to Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere and feels the midfielder is becoming a “complete player” for the club.

Wilshere has faced criticism at times due to indifferent displays, but has garnered praise of late – most notably following the 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester City last month.

Szczesny is particularly impressed with the versatility Wilshere brings to Arsenal and believes the only thing missing from the England international’s game is regular goals.

“He has done well,” Szczesny told the club’s official website. “Obviously there is a lot of competition for his spot because you have Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, plus Mikel [Arteta] and Mathieu [Flamini].

“So it’s hard for him but every time he has come in and got his chance he has done very well. He got a good goal against Man City – I’m not sure he meant that – but I’m very happy with him.

“He can go past players in midfield, which is very important. We are all about passing the ball and moving quickly. If you past players in midfield it gives us a massive advantage – Jack is very comfortable doing that.

“That is one of his biggest qualities. If he can just add a few more goals to his game then he will be pretty much a complete player for us.”

Wilshere is often deployed in a more advanced role for Arsenal, while England manager Roy Hodgson has utilised him in a defensive midfield position.

And Szczesny believes it is a sign of Wilshere’s quality that he is comfortable doing either job.

“You don’t get too many midfielders who are [just] central midfielders – they are either defensive or attacking midfielders,” he added. “Jack has a very good balance between the two.

“I don’t think it is an argument whether he should be a defensive midfielder or a number 10. I am happy with him being very balanced between defending and attacking.”

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